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Hallmark is getting into the season. Meaning, instead of showing summer time movies they are now making the most of their fall footage before they start airing exclusively Christmas movies for three months.
I decided since it is fall and it’s still 100 degrees where I was, I would at least enjoy fall by watching one of these movies. However, Falling for Vermont is probably one of the worst Hallmark movies I’ve seen (and I’ve seen a lot of bad ones).
This one tells the story of a successful YA author whose books are only read by second graders who gets into a car accident, loses her memory and becomes a prisoner of sorts to a small country doctor who is unfortunate enough to share Donald Trump JR’s hair dye and has two very unfortunate children-one who I swear is the worst child actor I’ve seen in awhile, and that’s saying something.
The movie starts off with Angela (the MC) at a BEA sort of thing being greeted by a seven year old that’s supposedly in cosplay but isn’t. The scene is awkward beyond belief. Considering that most YA books have some element of sex and/or violence in it it is sort of cringe worthy to think a kid losing their baby teeth is reading it. But unfortunately, this does happen. I remember when I went to the movie theaters to see New Moon it was filled with young kids. Obviously, their parents had not read Breaking Yawn because if they had they would’ve avoided taking their kids there and having to tell them that babies do not eat their mother’s womb like Resnotsme did.
We are cut to Dr. Trump JR who is doing a cheery checkup on a seven year old complete with fall decorations. You’d think he’d realize that a lot of his patients would be allergic to the fall foliage. God knows, my allergies have been terrible this year. Hw then picks up his kids and his mother (or mother in-law, didn’t figure out who it was) tells him he needs to get laid again so that their kids can have a mother figure.
Note, the children instantly give me children of the corn vibes. Especially Dr. Trump’s daughter. Again, probably the worst child actress that I’ve seen in awhile. Though to her credit, the writing doesn’t help. Hallmark has a series to make children sound very creepy. Throughout her first interaction, we learn that she likes are MC’s very generic YA series about time traveling. It sounds oddly like that dumb series I read last year where that idiot goes to Scotland and gets trapped in Henry II’s court. I have the sequel somewhere and one day I’m going to force myself to read it. I’m dreading that day. Honestly though, that book is better than this movie which is sad.
Anyway, MC has a meltdown about not being able to go apple picking at Not BEA and ends up taking a car and going to Vermont and gets into a car accident and loses her memory. Note, she has head trauma but she clearly is able to walk around town clueless until the bumbling sheriff sees her and asks if something is wrong (he apparently doesn’t see the car that she crashed).
Obviously, it is. This guy though doesn’t care. Why should he. He doesn’t do anything except for the be Dr. Trump JR’s b.f.f. throughout the movie. You know the one he’ll occasionally throw a basketball with and talk about lady issues with for like thirty minutes so the viewer gets “emotion” from him. Also, the character is the only POC in the movie and therefore the token Hallmark character.
Note, Hallmark has a horrible problem with diversity. Occasionally, there might be a movie with a Latina lead but other than that nope. And forget about a QUILTBAG person having a role of anything more than token gay best friend who give the MC a sad makeover which usually consist of merely giving her hair beach waives and dropping the teacher’s cardigan for a blazer or whatever.
Anyway, the MC finds herself emerged into small town Vermont life and soon becomes Dr. Trump JR’s default wife by making him sandwiches and writing his dumb kid’s play that’s probably pretty much the worst thing I’ve ever heard.
Seriously, the little brat won some contest to write a play for the town’s fall festival and it ends up being pretty much something you would see in a bad PSA sketch that your school would force you to watch-pretty much a girl is looking for lost concert tickets and learns who her “real” friends are.
And you know what, the amnesic author thinks its good. I can totally imagine myself reviewing her time traveling series and I can see myself saying that its shit. In fact, I’m going to rewrite the scene right here:
Golem Child: Elizabeth, is my play any good?
Elizabeth: Um, do you want me to be honest?
Golem Child: That means it’s really good, right?
Elizabeth: Oh, honey….it’s good effort, but I hate to break it to you if you show this crap the only way people will like it is in the way they like The Room.
However, now that I think about it, maybe Elizabeth/Angela didn’t have enough common sense to know it was bad. She did write a Twilight ripoff after all.
Anywhoo, while the MC haplessly ends up becoming Dr. Trump JR’s quasi wife we are shown footage of autumn leaves. I think this is to get us to warm up to the slightly captive MC falling in love with the shoe polish hair dyed doc. It didn’t work though. I found the ship detestable. Scenic canoe trips or not.
Pro tip, if you are going to have your character have a romance don’t do it when they have amnesia. Or just when they are diagnosed with having amnesia and you’re a medical professional helping the MC out. It comes off as creepy and not endearing, Hallmark.
Whatever though. They look good enough together, so things are going well. Until, the MC sees her shitty book and gets her memory back.
I can just imagine it her seeing the shitty book and realizing I wrote this shit. God, what is wrong with me. No wonder she doesn’t hightail it out of dodge yet. I mean, if you wrote a Twilight rip off with time travel would you really want to admit it to the world?
Okay, she has money.
So never fucking mind. I’d probably admit I wrote that shit too if it could pay off my student loans and let me put a down payment down on a house.
Anyway, she finally admits who she right during golem child’s horrendous play because at this point she knows that bad PSA plays are even worse than Twilight rip-offs and she doesn’t want to be stuck with this annoying family anyway. And at that point, her sister and boyfriend who didn’t give jack shit about her throughout the movie find her.
Of course, she most go back to the evil bad city she realizes what’s important and goes back and makes and sandwiches for Dr. Trump JR and his kids in Vermont and the little golem child conveniently watches them make out because why not.
This movie is awful. From my recap/review you can see I was not impressed with the writing or acting. After you watch enough Hallmark movies you realize they’re fairly formulaic and insulting. Seriously, they all fall in one of the predictable routes:
A) Big city girl gets stranded into a new town and ends up straddled to either her loser ex or some guy with baggage that keeps him from leaving town and she has to make a decision of whether to continue to be a productive member of society or settle for the douche.
B) Girl hooks up with a prince. Admittedly, I like these, but again has to leave her life for the prince. At least in these cases it makes a little bit more sense. But I would like at least in one of them for her to keep her career.
C) Middle age woman (i.e. she’s usually on in her early thirties tops) has a crisis in which she tries to figure out if her marriage and kids were the right choice for her. She finds out they are and usually finds out that she’s having another little rugrat at the end.
Of course, there are some variants. But these are the three main plots they have and it just makes me sake my head. While family and kids are important, I wish these movies would address that you can have a substantive career as a woman as well. At the end of the day, I just feel like its saying ambitious women=bad which makes me angry.
Falling for Vermont is probably one of the worst if not the worst Hallmark movies I’ve seen. It’s been awhile since I actually sat down and watched one of these things, so maybe that’s why I find this particular one to be a dozen of a stinker.
Anyway, I can’t recommend it. I also don’t know how to rate this. I used to rate on the Dean Cain scale but I find him to be so repugnant on so many levels, I can’t do that anymore. So, I’ll just give it a standard letter grade now of an F. If we’re doing a Hallmark curve though it might be a C. Regardless, I don’t recommend.